LIBBY — Libby hasn’t produced a Griz football player since 2005, but nearly 20 years later Cy Stevenson changed that with his official commitment to Montana on Sept. 13.
“It was a great emotion a few days after it happened because it’s been my dream since I can remember, to play for the Griz,” said Griz new football player Cy Stevenson. “So to come home and tell my family that I was offered was huge, it was the best feeling I could have asked for.”
An excitement that is the result of hard work and the support of those around him, especially his trainer Neil Fuller.
“I told him in freshman year that I wanted to play college football and he made it his goal to help me out,” Stevenson said gratefully. “So he contacted coaches for me, he called me, he sent me stuff, I mean Coach Fuller was there and I couldn’t thank him enough.”
And Fuller has been more than grateful to have coached him for the past four years.
“He has a great work ethic, he has a great team attitude, he brings a lot to the table from both sides of football and he is an exceptional leader,” said the head football coach of Libby High School, Neil Fuller. “He keeps things positive, he’s been a real joy to coach and he’s been a great example for the other kids.”
Coming from small town Libby Fuller knows that Stevenson will be in good hands in Missoula.
“Well, I’m glad the Griz are giving him a chance,” Fuller said with a smile. “Coach Hauck does a great job and you know he’s talented enough to be able to do things on either side of the ball.”
And when it comes to the future that awaits Stevenson, his coach sees no ceiling.
“He’s got enough athleticism and he’s only going to get bigger, faster and stronger,” Fuller said. “The sky is the limit for him, you know he could become a phenomenal player.”
He is a Swiss army knife of football who plays in all positions, from safety to tight end. Officially recruited as an athlete, Stevenson is eager to see what role he will play for the Griz.
“I can’t wait for this, running in this field with you know 27,000 people, it’s not getting better,” Stevenson said, grinning ear to ear. “It’s just that the atmosphere in Missoula doesn’t compare no matter where you go.”